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The Thomas J. Watson Library, the central library of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, acquires, provides access to, and preserves research materials concerning the history of art and related disciplines. The primary mission of the library is to support the research activities of the Museum staff; in addition, it serves an international community of researchers. Watson Library's collection of books and periodicals relating to the history of art is one of the most comprehensive in the world.



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Place of sale: Paris; Date of sale: March 18, 1782 and days following.  "La vente en sera faite le lundi 18 mars 1782, & jours suivans, de relevée : l'on pourra voir les objets les dimanche 17 & lundi 18, depuis dix heures du matin jusqu'à une heure après midi, à l'Hôtel de Bullion, rue Plâtriere"
Topics: Auction catalogs, Jean-Baptiste-Pierre Le Brun, M. Donjeu, M. Nogaret, Painting
Place of sale: New York; Date of sale: Dec. 11-14, 1911
Topics: Auction catalogs, Schaus Art Galleries, Art collections, William Schaus Art Galleries, Hermann...
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
by American Art Association
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Place of sale: New York; Date of sale: Mar. 20-27, 1919
Topic: Auction catalogs
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Place of sale: London; Date of sale: June 17-July 20, 1882; This is Watson Library copy 2, annotated with names and prices; newspaper clippings inserted at the front and throughout the book; a pamphlet "Excursion to Hamilton Palace" inserted in a pocket at the end of volume. "Catalogue of the collection of pictures, works of art, and decorative objects"
Topics: Auction catalogs, William Douglas Hamilton, 12th Duke of Hamilton, British Association for the...
Place of sale: New York; Date of sale: Apr. 5-7, 1923
Topics: Auction catalogs, George Leary, Jr
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
by American Art Association
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Place of sale: New York; Date of sale: November 17, 1891 and following days
Topic: Auction catalogs
Place of sale: London; Dates of sale: June 29-30, 1829
Topics: Auction catalogs, R.P. Bonington
Place of sale: New York; Date of sale: Mar. 5, 1890; Watson Library copy: annotated with names and prices
Topic: Auction catalogs
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
by Galerie Gerda Bassenge
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Place of sale: Berlin; Date of sale: May 30, 2003
Topic: Auction catalogs
Place of sale: New York; Date of sale: Jan. 8-9, 1903; Watson Library copy 2: lacks plates, unnumbered; Watson Library copy: annotated with names and prices; Watson Library copy: no. 212 of 250 copies printed
Topic: Auction catalogs
Place of sale: London; Date of sale: June 13, 1807; Annotated with prices
Topics: Auction catalogs, La Fontaine, Painting
Place of sale: New York; Date of sale: Apr. 25-26, 1906
Topics: Auction catalogs, David T. Buzby
Place of sale: New York; Dates of sale: Mar. 2-3, 1908; Antique Italian, French and English furniture; rare old English Sèvres and other China; Bohemian glass, relics and curios; important Henry II and French renaissance carved mantels, textiles and embroideries
Topics: Auction catalogs, Richard Mansfield
Place of sale: New York; Date of sale: November 27, 1925
Topic: Auction Catalogs
Date of Sale: Apr. 14-15, 1913; Place of sale: New York; annotated with names and prices
Topics: Auction catalogs, Charles Clark, Sue McLure Clark, H. Victor Newcomb, Peter Hassinger, Edwin...
Place of sale: London; Date of sale: Feb. 17-18, 1797; Annotated with prices and names  "Consisting of the undoubted works of the following great masters, in the highest state of preservation : Raphael, Titian, Pordenone, Bassan, Spagnoletto, Guercino, Guido, Salvator Rosa, Murillo, Poussin, Rubens, V. Dyck, Teniers, Berghem, Wouvermans, Ger. Douw, Ch. V. Werff, Rembrandt, Vernet"
Topics: Auction catalogs, John Trumbull, Painting
Place of sale: Spring Gardens [i.e. London]; Date of sale: May 17-18, 1786
Topic: Auction catalogs
Date of sale: Apr. 22, 1782 and days following; Place of sale:  Paris; partially annotated with names and prices
Topics: Auction catalogs, M. de Sainte-Foix
Place of sale: Paris; Date of sale: Apr. 3, 1925
Topic: Auction catalogs
Place of sale: New York; Date of sale: Dec. 8-9, 1922
Topic: Auction catalogs
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
by Christie, Manson & Woods
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Place of auction: London; Date of auction: May 26, 1919
Topic: Auction catalogs
Place of sale: London; Date of sale: June 27, 1812
Topics: Auction catalogs, Thomas Bowes
Place of sale: London; Date of sale: Mar. 22-23, 1803
Topics: Auction catalogs, Walsh Porter, Duke de Choiseuil, Duc de Praslin
Place of sale: London; Date of sale: Apr. 11, 1807
Topics: Auction catalogs, James Barry
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Place of sale: New York; Date of sale: Apr. 7-12, 1919
Topics: Auction catalogs, Vitall Benguiat, Leopold Benguiat
Place of sale: New York; Date of sale: Apr. 23-25, 1908; Watson Library copy: annotated with names and prices
Topic: Auction catalogs
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
by Fifth Avenue Art Galleries (New York, N.Y.)
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Place of sale: New York; Dates of sale: Mar. 2-3, 1899; No. 6 of v. 23 of a set of pamphlets; Date of sale would fall between Lancour: 1823 and Lancour: 1824; The Tilden collection
Topics: Auction catalogs, Tilden-Thurber Co, John Noble Barlow
Place of sale: Philadelphia; Date of sale: May 9, 1923; Engravings by Masson, Nanteuil, Cousins, Drevet, Dunkarton, Earlom, Turner, Reynolds, Edelinck, Faber, Finlayson, Goltzius, Valentine Greene, Laurie, Lupton, McArdell, Müller, Morghen, Murphy, Pether, Say, Sharp, J.R. Smith, Suyderhoef, Van Schuppen, Visscher, Watson, and Wille; color prints by Ward, Gulland, S. Arlent Edwards, Milliner, Greenhead, Appleton; Text and plates issued seperately; Facsimile of 12 of the principal prints issued...
Topics: Auction catalogs, Philip L. Hano
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Place of sale: New York; Date of sale: Nov. 12, 1923
Topics: Auction catalogs, Ford, E. C, Art collections, Currier & Ives, Catalogs
Place of sale: Vienna; Berlin; Date of sale: June 11-13, 1930; Sept. 29-30, 1930
Topic: Auction catalogs
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
by Walpole Galleries (New York, N.Y.)
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Place of sale: New York; Date of sale: May 9, 1924
Topics: Auction catalogs, Fred E. Hines
Place of sale: London; Date of sale: Mar. 11-12, 1796; Partially annotated with prices and names  "This celebrated collection contains some of the most rare and capital pictures ever offered to the public : comprising the following most remarkable, viz. a Venus disarming Cupid by Corregio, brought to England by Sir William Hamilton : two, a most capital landscape, and a sea port, by Claude : a landscape, a chef d'œuvre, by Cuyp : a ditto by Rubens : and one ditto, very capital, by...
Topics: Auction catalogs, Benjamin van der Gucht, Painting
Date of sale: Mar. 21-22, 1922; Place of sale: New York; Arms and Armor Library copy: annotated with prices
Topics: Auction catalogs, Aaron Augustus
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Place of sale: New York; Dates of sale: Apr. 12-14, 1915
Topic: Auction catalogs
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
by American Art Association
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Place of sale: New York; Date of sale: May 8, 1923; Great masters of the Dutch, English, French and Italian schools; Watson Library copy: annotated with prices
Topics: Auction catalogs, V. Winthrop Newman
Place of sale: Mendelssohn Hall, New York; Date of sale: Apr. 10-11, 1902
Topic: Auction catalogs
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
by American Art Association
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Place of sale: New York; Date of sale: Mar. 31, 1890
Topics: Auction catalogs, Francisco Guiu De Gabalda, Art collections
Place of sale: New York; Date of sale: Feb. 19-21, 1920; Mantegna, Fra Angelica, Caravaggio, Corregio, Guido Reni, Ribera, Murillo, Jacopo Palma, Van Dyck, Rembrandt, Durer, Holbein, Snyers; examples of the oldest Italian, Flemish, Greek, Spanish and French schools
Topic: Auction catalogs
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Place of sale: New York; Date of sale: Apr. 21-May 5, 1910
Topic: Auction catalogs
Place of sale: Fonthill Abbey; Part I of sale was held Sept. 9-20 (LU10510); part II was held Oct. 3-9 (LU10516); part III was held Oct. 23-29 (LU10525); 2103 lots; Magnificent, rare, and valuable library, (of 20,000 volumes) ... which will be sold by auction ... on Tuesday, the 9th of September, 1823, and nine following days; on Friday, the 3rd October, & four following days; on Thursday, 23d of October, 1823, & four following days; At head of title: Valuable library of books, in...
Topics: Auction catalogs, William Beckford
Date of sale: Jan. 21, 1921; Place of sale: New York; French and Flemish tapestries of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and an imposing Aubusson tapestry carpet; Watson Library copy: annotated with names and prices
Topics: Auction catalogs, G.W. Harstead, Pierre Malie, C. Postan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
by American Art Association
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Place of sale: New York; Date of sale: Nov. 16-20, 1909
Topics: Auction catalogs, Mrs. Garrett Ryckman Pier
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
by Anderson Galleries, Inc
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Place of sale: New York; Dates of sale: May 6-7, 1915; Lancour: 3249; Includes an index
Topics: Auction catalogs, J.H. Andrews, E.T. Postlethwaite, Mrs. Walter James, Ella Frankel
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Place of sale: Boston; Date of sale: Apr. 2-4, 1903
Topic: Auction catalogs
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
by Fifth Avenue Art Galleries (New York, N.Y.)
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Date of sale: Mar. 12-13, 1902; Place of sale: New York; to be sold at public sale by order of Arthur Furber, Esq
Topic: Auction catalogs
Place of sale: Vienna; Berlin; Date of sale: June 11-13, 1930; Sept. 29-30, 1930
Topic: Auction catalogs
Place of sale: New York; Dates of sale: Apr. 27-28, 1869
Topic: Auction catalogs
Place of sale: London; Date of sale: Mar. 21, 1879
Topic: Auction catalogs
Place of sale: New York; Date of sale: Nov. 6-11, 1895
Topic: Auction catalogs
Place of sale: London; Date of sale: Mar. 11-14, 1795; Annotated with prices and names
Topics: Auction catalogs, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Painting
Place of sale: London; Date of sale: Feb. 14, 1801; Annotated with prices and some names
Topics: Auction catalogs, John Woodhouse, Painting
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by American Art Association
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Date of sale: Jan. 27-29, 1921; Place of auction: New York; Lehman Library copy: partially annotated with prices
Topics: Auction catalogs, Henry Corbin
Place of sale: Paris; Date of sale: May 30, 1921
Topic: Auction catalogs
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Place of sale: New York; Dates of sale: Jan. 20-23, 1913
Topic: Auction catalogs
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Place of sale: New York; Date of sale: Jan. 16, 1909
Topics: Auction catalogs, Henri de Morgan
Place of sale: New York; Date of sale: Feb. 1-2, 1905
Topic: Auction catalogs
Place of sale: New York; Date of sale: Mar. 4, 1911
Topics: Auction catalogs, Art collections
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Place of sale: New York; Date of sale: Apr. 24-26, 1912
Topic: Auction catalogs
Place of sale: London; Date of sale: Feb. 5-7, 1801; Annotated with prices and some names
Topics: Auction catalogs, Earl of Besborough, Painting
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
by American Art Association
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Place of sale: New York; Date of sale: Feb. 26-27, 1914
Topic: Auction catalogs
Watson Library copy 1: annotated with prices and names. Place of sale: London; Date of sale: Apr. 29-May 8, 1850
Topics: Auction catalogs, John Heywood Hawkins, Engraving
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
by American Art Association
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Place of sale: New York; Date of sale: Mar. 14-16, 1901; To be sold at absolute public sale by order of the art house of Thomas B. Clarke
Topics: Auction catalogs, Art collections, Yiang-Lin-Sang
Place of sale: New York; Date of sale: Mar. 31-Apr. 2, 1927
Topic: Auction catalogs
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
by Fifth Avenue Art Galleries (New York, N.Y.)
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Place of sale: New York; Date of sale: Feb. 28-29, 1908
Topics: Auction catalogs, Joseph Bensausan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
by Christie, Manson & Woods
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Place of auction: London; Date of auction: June 24, 1919
Topic: Auction catalogs
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
by Fifth Avenue Art Galleries (New York, N.Y.)
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Date of sale: Feb. 10, 1897
Topic: Auction catalogs
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Place of sale: New York; Date of sale: Apr. 21-27, 1920
Topics: Auction catalogs, Raoul Tolentino
Place of sale: New York; Date of sale: Apr. 25-26, 1913; Furniture, marbles, embroideries, art objects, etc., etc. from H. O. Watson & Co
Topics: Auction catalogs, H. O. Watson & Co
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
by Hamilton, William Alexander Louis Stephen Douglas-Hamilton,|cDuke of,|d1845-1895
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Place of sale: London; Dates of sale: June 17-July 20, 1882
Topic: Auction Catalogs
Place of sale: London; Date of sale: Apr. 1-2, 1791; Partially annotated
Topics: Auction catalogs, Painting
Albert Rosenthal collection of miniatures; Place of sale: Philadelphia; Date of sale: Dec. 14, 1920; Lancour: 4081; Lugt: 81395; Miniatures painted by and belonging to the estate of Jas. P. Smith; relics of General Washington including C.W. Peale's ivory miniature of Washington, painted under order of Mrs. Washington, his field glass used in surveying, his pocket shaving set, and two Chippendale chairs from Mount Vernon; also, elegant Turkish carpets and rugs
Topics: Auction catalogs, Albert Rosenthal
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Place of sale: New York; Dates of sale: May 8-9, 1884; H.L. Dousman collection of fine modern oil paintings
Topics: Auction catalogs, H.L. Dousman
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Place of sale: Baltimore; Date of sale: Apr. 12, 1842; "Wever, Cannon & Co., auctioneers"; "Exhibiting at the Assembly Rooms, in the lower saloon on the first floor"; Watson Library copy: includes hand-written price list (6 p.) inserted between the pages
Topics: Auction catalogs, James Eddy
Place of sale: Paris; Date of sale on catalog is Mar. 16, 1778. Sale held on Mar. 17, 1778; Partially annotated. "Dont la vente se sera le mardi 17 mars 1778, quatre heures de relevée, en la grand' salle de l'Hôtel d'Aligre, rue S. Honoré, où se verront tous ces objets le dimanche 15, depuis dix heures du matin jusqu'à deux, & chaque jour de vente, depuis dix heures jusqu'à une heure"
Topics: Auction catalogs, Louis François de Bourbon prince de Conti
Place of sale: New York; Date of sale: April 28-May 1, 1920
Topic: Auction Catalogs